Research Steps and Finding your Ancestor in the Federal Census 1790-1950 Lookup Request


(All 50 States & US Territories)


To Request Census Record Look-up Search


If making a Census Request, the 1880 & 1940 census are Free databases at Ancestry . com, and is the 1880 is the only Federal Census that indexes Occupation of Head of House.

  • 1790-1840 census, only indexes the Head of House, all others by age group & sex, unknown if each person is related to head of house.  Note: Could contain mixed families or those not related.

  • 1850-1930 census, index each person living at the same residence/location

  • 1850-1870 census, indexes each person, not their relation to head of house

  • 1880-1930 census, indexes each person and their relation to head of house

  • 1890 census, Fragmented - were destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921

  • 1900-1920 census, indexes Immigration Year - 1930 does not index, however Immigration is annotated on the Document

  • 1900-1910 census, provides How Many Children born to a Living Mother, and how many Children are living

  • The 1950 Census Substitute searches across more than 2,500 U.S. city directories from the mid 1940s through the 1950s. City directories were precursors to modern-day phonebooks and contain the names of each adult resident in the town along with their occupation and home and work addresses.  Until the 1950 U.S. Federal Census becomes available in 2020, these records serve as a great resource for finding any adult family members who would have been alive during the 1950s.

Note: Not all information contained in any or all documents may/or may not be accurate.  Expect the Unexpected


1. Names can be found spelled of any variations, not always exactly spelled as Your Ancestor spelled their name or the Recording Official of that Document.  Age/Year born can be off by a couple or more years.


2. Place of Birth may not be their actual place of birth i.e. County, State or Country where Your Ancestor was born.


3. Those having middle names, and why it is nice if known their middle initial/full middle name, as Your Ancestor in any Recorded Document may have gone by another name, their middle name or nickname.


4. I have found Ancestor's same Census Year, recorded in two different Cities/Townships and States.


5. Not Everyone is Indexed, or a Record may not be found, which may require more information, too many possibilities of persons with very common names, born abt. same year and place of birth, living same County & State.


6. Not all Records dating back to 1620, are scanned and indexed of every Township/City/Other, County & State.  Or since that State's Statehood and Records may not have been kept or are available.  Some Records have been lost by Fire or other Natural Disaster or to Fragile to be scanned and indexed or transcribed.


7.  I have experience from searching for over 575 others, thousands of Surnames & Individuals/Families & records, in the last 6 years, besides my own personal research which I began in 1992.  I have Computer Experience 1982-Present, and before the Internet became available for Users/Genealogy Research or that of Rootsweb & Ancestry . com and other genealogical record search sites.  Contact GenDoc


Before making a Census request, I ask that you click on the year below of/for your request, to see the search screen fields available and provide information if known for each field.  Federal Census information varies from 1790 to 1930.  Head of Household 1790-1840 is only indexed and residence by age group & sex.   1850-1930 census, indexes Head of Household and each member of the household.  1880-1930 census indexes relationship to Head of Household.


1790 - 1800 - 1810 - 1820 - 1830 - 1840 - 1850 - 1860 - 1870 - 1880 - 1890 - 1900 - 1910 - 1920 - 1930 - 1940  - 1950


1890 - The surviving fragments consists of 1,233 pages or pieces, including enumerations for Alabama, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas. The records of only 6,160 of the 62,979,766 people enumerated survived the fire in 1923.  City Directories & Other Records can be a substitute in locating Ancestors about 1890.


The original 1890 census enumerated people differently than ever before that time. Each family was enumerated on a separate sheet of paper.  1890 was the only year this was done.


The only surviving fragments are as follows:


Alabama Perry County
District of Columbia Q, S, 13th, 14th, RQ, Corcoran, 15th, SE, and Roggs streets, and Johnson Avenue
Georgia Muscogee County (Columbus)
Illinois McDonough County: Mound Township
Minnesota Wright County: Rockford
New Jersey Hudson County: Jersey City
New York Westchester County: Eastchester; Suffolk County: Brookhaven Township
North Carolina Gaston County: South Point Township, Ricer Bend Township; Cleveland County: Township No. 2
Ohio Hamilton County (Cincinnati); Clinton County: Wayne Township
South Dakota Union County: Jefferson Township
Texas Ellis County: S.P. no. 6, Mountain Peak, Ovila Precinct; Hood County: Precinct no. 5; Rusk County: Precinct no. 6 and J.P. no. 7; Trinity County: Trinity Town and Precinct no. 2; Kaufman County: Kaufman.


Fields in this database include: given name, surname, relationship, race, gender, age, birthplace, father's birthplace, and mother's birthplace.


Federal Census (All 50 States & US Territories) Lookup Request - Some US State Census maybe available


When making a request, provide applicable basic facts starting with

  • Full given, middle name or initial (if known) & surname, date of birth (if known month/year), birthplace (county/state or country).

  • If applicable & known, Spouse full given & surname, middle initial or name is a plus

  • If applicable & known, Children full given & surname, middle initial or or name is a plus

  • When and where born, (if known month/year) county & state or country for each person of request.

If you know dates and places a person or family has lived, please provide approximate year(s), city/town, county and state.




If you have already found your ancestor or family in another Census Year, please provide that census year, their names how spelled/indexed/transcribed, city/town, county and state.


Note: The following is a suggested sample a condensed format as a guideline when requesting a record look-up, that I like to work from, the Information needed specifically in a search reads left to right.

Ggf: George Felix Begnal, b. 15 Feb 1879, Albany, Albany Co., NY, d. 2 Jun 1957, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Co. NY,  m. abt. 1902, Utica, NY, Elizabeth Shaughnessy, b. 6 Sep 1888, Utica, Oneida Co., NY, d. 8 Jan 1949, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. 


Clifford Franklin Begnal, b. 31 Mar 1903, Utica, Oneida Co., NY, d. 15 Mar 1960, So. San Francisco, San Mateo Co., CA.

Provide a brief request/introduction that you would like a census lookup, the year of request, if applicable city/town, county, state.

Additional helpful information if known, occupation of the head of household, if applicable immigration & approximate year, Full Names as known


Death dates are also helpful, so I know what year NOT to look for that individual, unless if looking for spouse or children living beyond date of death of primary ancestor.


To Submit an E-Mail Request - Census Look-up  include  E-Mail Subject Line Sample: 1910 / Oneida / NY / Shaughnessy / Census


Please keep information brief concise/succinct as possible


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Military Draft / Registration Records - Request            

  Birth, Marriage, Death - BMD - Request

US Passports Applications Look-up - Request

City Directories Look-up - Request




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